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Zombies vs. Unicorns

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It's the hottest debate du jour: which are better, zombies or unicorns? Some of the hippest young-adult authors weigh in on the issue in this too-cool-for-school anthology.
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An inspired collection of short stories by an all-star cast of best-selling storytellers based on the thought-provoking illustrations in Chris Van Allsburgand#8217;s The Mysteries of Harris Burdick.

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For more than twenty-five years, the illustrations in the extraordinary Mysteries of Harris Burdick by Chris Van Allsburg have intrigued and entertained readers of all ages. Thousands of children have been inspired to weave their own stories to go with these enigmatic pictures. Now weand#8217;ve asked some of our very best storytellers to spin the tales. Enter The Chronicles of Harris Burdick to gather this incredible compendium of stories: mysterious, funny, creepy, poignant, these are tales you wonand#8217;t soon forget.

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This inspired collection of short stories features many remarkable, best-selling authors in the worlds of both adult and children's literature: Sherman Alexie, M.T. Anderson, Kate DiCamillo, Cory Doctorow, Jules Feiffer, Stephen King, Tabitha King, Lois Lowry, Gregory Maguire, Walter Dean Myers, Linda Sue Park, Louis Sachar, Jon Scieszka, Lemony Snicket, and Chris Van Allsburg himself.

and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160; Van Allsburg's Harris Burdick illustrations have evoked such wonderment and imagination since Harris Burdick's original publication in 1984; many have speculated or have woven their own stories to go with his images. More than ever, the illustrations send off their eerie call for text and continue to compel and pick at the reader's brain for a backstoryand#8212;a threaded tale behind the image. In this book, we've collected some of the best storytellers to spin them.

Review:

"In this offbeat anthology, editors Black and Larbalestier embark upon a literary throw-down to determine which is superior: zombies or unicorns. To that end, each assembled a six-person team of writers and set them loose. Each story is prefaced by editorial banter as each editor (hilariously) makes her case. Highlights include Diana Peterfreund's Rampant tie-in, 'The Care and Feeding of Your Baby Killer Unicorn'; Libba Bray's postapocalyptic tale of teens trying to maintain a semblance of civilization in 'Prom Night'; and Maureen Johnson's pointed take on celebrity fads in 'The Children of the Revolution.' Meg Cabot's 'Princess Prettypants' skewers the image of unicorns as sparkling, rainbow-farting 'symbols of pure happiness, hope, and awesomesauce,' while Carrie Ryan's 'Bougainvillea' acts as a prologue to The Forest of Hands and Teeth. Scott Westerfeld's 'Inoculata' examines what happens when the zombie hordes finally win, while the zombie in Alaya Dawn Johnson's 'Love Will Tear Us Apart' isn't nearly as far gone. Without a clunker in the bunch, this anthology more than lives up to the potential its concept suggests. Zombies or unicorns? There's no clear winner, unless it's readers. Ages 14 — up. (Sept.)" Publishers Weekly (Starred Review) (Copyright PWyxz LLC)

Synopsis:

It's a question as old as time itself: which is better, the zombie or the unicorn? In this anthology, strong arguments are made for both sides in the form of short stories from such authors as Cassandra Clare, Meg Cabot, and Scott Westerfeld.

Synopsis:

It’s a question as old as time itself: Which is better, the zombie or the unicorn? This all-original anthology, edited by Holly Black (Team Unicorn) and Justine Larbalestier (Team Zombie), makes strong arguments for each side with eerie and amazing short stories from an all-star lineup of contributors, including bestselling and award-winning authors Cassandra Clare, Libba Bray, Kathleen Duey, Garth Nix, Maureen Johnson, Meg Cabot, Scott Westerfeld, and Margo Lanagan.

Discover how unicorns use their powers for evil, why zombies aren’t always the enemy, and much more in this creative collection that showcases zombies and unicorns as you have never seen them before.

Synopsis:

One Pulitzer Prize, five Newbery Medals, three Newbery Honors, two Caldecott Medals, one Caldecott Honor, three National Book Awards, seven National Book Award nominations, and five Coretta Scott King Awards. This is only a partial list of all accolades earn by the contributors of this book.

     This inspired collection of short stories is based on the original illustrations of Chris Van Allburg in his esteemed and mysterious The Mysteries of Harris Burdick, originally published in 1984, and features many remarkable, best-selling authors in the worlds of both adult and children's literature: Sherman Alexie, M.T. Anderson, Kate DiCamillo, Cory Doctorow, Jules Feiffer, Stephen King, Tabitha King, Lois Lowry, Gregory Maguire, Walter Dean Myers, Linda Sue Park, Louis Sachar, Jon Scieszka, Lemony Snicket, and Chris Van Allsburg himself.

     Van Allsburg's Harris Burdick illustrations have evoked such wonderment and imagination since Harris Burdick's original publication in 1984; many have speculated or have woven their own stories to go with his images. More than ever, the illustrations send off their eerie call for text and continue to compel and pick at the reader's brain for a backstory--a threaded tale behind the image. In this book, we've collected some of the best storytellers to spin them.

About the Author

Holly Black is the bestselling author of the Spiderwick series. Her first book, Tithe: A Modern Faerie Tale, was an ALA Top Ten Book for Teens, received starred reviews in Publishers Weekly and Kirkus Reviews, and has been translated into twelve languages. Her second teen novel, Valiant, was an ALA Best Book for Young Adults. Justine Larbalestier is the author of several teen novels, including Liar, the Magic or Madness trilogy, and How to Ditch Your Fairy. She was born and raised in Sydney, Australia, and she and her husband, Scott Westerfeld, now split their time between Sydney and New York City. Visit Justine at justinelarbalestier.com.

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kmcdadepdx, January 16, 2011 (view all comments by kmcdadepdx)
Very enjoyable collection of short stories, including authors like Meg Cabot, Carrie Ryan, and Scott Westerfeld. Half the stories are about unicorns and half are about zombies. Editors Holly Black and Justine Larbalestier introduce each story with some ongoing, witty banter about Team Zombie vs. Team Unicorn. There's a good mixture of sweet, funny and creepy stories. Portlanders: One story has a unicorn living in Washington Park.

I am officially Team Zombie. :-)
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amesometastic bok, it should win!
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Zombies vs. Unicorns is a fantastic YA anthology! If you love zombies, unicorns, or any of the authors featured in this anthology, you are going to want to pick up a copy of Zombies vs. Unicorns as soon as possible. With funny introductions from Holly Black and Justine Larbalestier, this diverse collection of zombie and unicorn stories by a wide assortment of talented YA authors is highly entertaining. It has something for everyone - romance, intrigue, sci-fi, fantasy, tragedy, violence, heartbreak, and humor.

- The Highest Justice by Garth Nix
It seems fitting that this book starts with a story that features both a unicorn and a zombie. This is a tale of deception and revenge about an unfaithful king and a dead queen. It has a scheming sorceress, a touch of romance, and a unicorn who helps dispense justice. Hard not to like that.

- Love Will Tear Us Apart by Alaya Dawn Johnson
This author was totally new to me before reading the Zombies vs. Unicorns anthology, but I look forward to searching for more of her work because Love Will Tear Us Apart turned out to be my favorite story in the entire book. This darkly funny, romantic, and intense story is about a teenage boy who finds himself hungering for a handsome lacrosse player (in more ways than one). I'm a sucker for stories about broken boys, and this angsty love story features two broken boys who may just be perfect for one another (so long as one of them can control his cannibalistic urges).

- The Purity Test by Naomi Novik
Hilarious! This is probably the funniest story in the anthology. Team Zombie may have my undying allegiance, but between The Purity Test and Princess Prettypants, Team Unicorn definitely deserves the prize for funniest story. This story is set in modern day New York, where a teenage girl who is down on her luck unexpectedly finds herself helping a unicorn on his quest to rescue baby unicorns from a conniving evil wizard. So funny!

- Bougainvillea by Carrie Ryan
I liked this story a lot. I love the way Carrie Ryan's zombie stories feature people pushed past their breaking points. Plus, the idea of zombie pirates is just plain awesome. Bougainvillea is set in a fully-imagined world in which the zombie apocalypse is upon us, and it cleverly brings to mind questions about how much of your humanity you'd be willing to lose in order to stay alive.

- A Thousand Flowers by Margo Lanagan
For me, this was the weakest story in the anthology, and it definitely features the strangest human/unicorn relationship. There are three different narrators, and unfortunately all three narrators are too disposable and too far removed from the emotional heart of the story for my taste. I really wished that at least one part of the story had been narrated from the princesses' POV. Since I didn't particularly care about the princess and thought her connection to the unicorn was very tricky to believe in, this story wasn't particularly compelling.

- Children of the Revolution by Maureen Johnson
Hilarious and disturbing all at once! I thoroughly enjoyed it. This story is about a teenage girl who spends every penny she has flying to England to work on an organic farm with her boyfriend for the summer. Once her slacker boyfriend ditches her, she finds herself miserable, broke, and stuck in dreary rural England. So when an Angelina Jolie-esque celebrity (who lives in a secluded manor nearby) offers her a job working as a nanny, she quickly jumps at the opportunity. But there is definitely something very odd about those children...

- The Care and Feeding of Your Baby Killer Unicorn by Diana Peterfreund
Set in Diana Peterfreund's world of killer unicorns, this story is a must-read for fans of Rampant and Ascendant. It offers a view of the unicorns as both predators and an endangered species in need of compassion and protection. This story also features an angsty best-friend romance that will resonate with lots of readers.

- Inoculata by Scott Westerfeld
An excellent dystopian story about a small community of people who have found temporary refuge from the zombie-infested world by barricading themselves inside an old marijuana farm. When one of the teens survives something that would normally have been fatal, it opens up a new world of possibilities. I really liked this unique take on the zombie apocalypse, and I wish it had been longer because I wanted to see what happened next.

- Princess Prettypants by Meg Cabot
First of all, can you even say the name Princess Prettypants without smiling? I don't think that is possible, and I also don't think it is possible to read this story without laughing aloud. This cleverly funny unicorn story is about a modern seventeen year old girl who is understandably shocked and mystified when she receives a unicorn for her (very disappointing) birthday. This story features a boy-next-door romance (love that!), a unicorn who farts rainbows but goes all demon-eyed when facing down sexist jerks (hilarious!), and a Zack Efron birthday cake (even more hilarious!). Major kudos to Meg Cabot for this totally entertaining unicorn story.

- Cold Hands by Cassandra Clare
This is a zombie story that touches on one of my worst childhood fears - being trapped in a coffin. It is also a love story and the tale of a corrupt leader of a village in which the living and the dead spend their days side by side. It feels like a bittersweet fairytale, with zombies. :-)

- The Third Virgin by Kathleen Duey
This was definitely the most haunting and thought-provoking of the unicorn stories for me. I loved it and was impressed by the way it dealt with the concepts of suicide, loneliness, and addiction from the perspective of an immortal unicorn who has the ability to heal people or steal their lives.

- Prom Night by Libba Bray
This haunting story about a town full of teenagers who outlived their parents in the zombie apocalypse is quite sad, but it is also told with a lot of humor and heart. The teens are all survivors who have tried to stay optimistic and to maintain a sense of normalcy as they've dealt with the tragic deaths of their parents and classmates. An excellent conclusion to the book, which will make you want to hug your loved ones while you still can.

Zombies vs. Unicorns is an awesome anthology. If you have any interest in zombies, unicorns, compelling short stories, or any of the fabulous authors featured in this book, I highly recommend you pick up Zombies vs. Unicorns immediately. Some anthologies have one or two gems in a sea of mediocre stories, but this one is full of great stories.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9781416989530
Author:
Holly Black and Justine Larbalestier
Publisher:
Margaret K. McElderry Books
Editor:
Black, Holly
Editor:
Larbalestier, Justine
Author:
Black, Holly
Author:
Larbalestier, Justine
Author:
Van Allsburg, Chris
Author:
Allsburg, Chris Van
Subject:
Fantasy & Magic
Subject:
Short stories
Subject:
Humorous Stories
Subject:
Science Fiction, Fantasy, & Magic
Subject:
Action & Adventure
Subject:
Children s-Science Fiction and Fantasy
Subject:
zombies; unicorns; pirates; ninjas; internet; meme; anthology; The Mortal Instruments; fairy tales; unicorn; fantasy; urban fantasy; magic; beastmaster; zombie; love; YA; myth; mythology
Edition Description:
Picture book
Publication Date:
20100931
Binding:
HARDCOVER
Grade Level:
from 5 up to 9
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Full-color illustrations
Pages:
208
Dimensions:
10 x 8 x 1 in 1.96 lb
Age Level:
14-18

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Product details 208 pages Margaret K. McElderry - English 9781416989530 Reviews:
"Staff Pick" by ,

It's the hottest debate du jour: which are better, zombies or unicorns? Some of the hippest young-adult authors weigh in on the issue in this too-cool-for-school anthology.

"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "In this offbeat anthology, editors Black and Larbalestier embark upon a literary throw-down to determine which is superior: zombies or unicorns. To that end, each assembled a six-person team of writers and set them loose. Each story is prefaced by editorial banter as each editor (hilariously) makes her case. Highlights include Diana Peterfreund's Rampant tie-in, 'The Care and Feeding of Your Baby Killer Unicorn'; Libba Bray's postapocalyptic tale of teens trying to maintain a semblance of civilization in 'Prom Night'; and Maureen Johnson's pointed take on celebrity fads in 'The Children of the Revolution.' Meg Cabot's 'Princess Prettypants' skewers the image of unicorns as sparkling, rainbow-farting 'symbols of pure happiness, hope, and awesomesauce,' while Carrie Ryan's 'Bougainvillea' acts as a prologue to The Forest of Hands and Teeth. Scott Westerfeld's 'Inoculata' examines what happens when the zombie hordes finally win, while the zombie in Alaya Dawn Johnson's 'Love Will Tear Us Apart' isn't nearly as far gone. Without a clunker in the bunch, this anthology more than lives up to the potential its concept suggests. Zombies or unicorns? There's no clear winner, unless it's readers. Ages 14 — up. (Sept.)" Publishers Weekly (Starred Review) (Copyright PWyxz LLC)
"Synopsis" by , It's a question as old as time itself: which is better, the zombie or the unicorn? In this anthology, strong arguments are made for both sides in the form of short stories from such authors as Cassandra Clare, Meg Cabot, and Scott Westerfeld.
"Synopsis" by , It’s a question as old as time itself: Which is better, the zombie or the unicorn? This all-original anthology, edited by Holly Black (Team Unicorn) and Justine Larbalestier (Team Zombie), makes strong arguments for each side with eerie and amazing short stories from an all-star lineup of contributors, including bestselling and award-winning authors Cassandra Clare, Libba Bray, Kathleen Duey, Garth Nix, Maureen Johnson, Meg Cabot, Scott Westerfeld, and Margo Lanagan.

Discover how unicorns use their powers for evil, why zombies aren’t always the enemy, and much more in this creative collection that showcases zombies and unicorns as you have never seen them before.

"Synopsis" by ,
One Pulitzer Prize, five Newbery Medals, three Newbery Honors, two Caldecott Medals, one Caldecott Honor, three National Book Awards, seven National Book Award nominations, and five Coretta Scott King Awards. This is only a partial list of all accolades earn by the contributors of this book.

     This inspired collection of short stories is based on the original illustrations of Chris Van Allburg in his esteemed and mysterious The Mysteries of Harris Burdick, originally published in 1984, and features many remarkable, best-selling authors in the worlds of both adult and children's literature: Sherman Alexie, M.T. Anderson, Kate DiCamillo, Cory Doctorow, Jules Feiffer, Stephen King, Tabitha King, Lois Lowry, Gregory Maguire, Walter Dean Myers, Linda Sue Park, Louis Sachar, Jon Scieszka, Lemony Snicket, and Chris Van Allsburg himself.

     Van Allsburg's Harris Burdick illustrations have evoked such wonderment and imagination since Harris Burdick's original publication in 1984; many have speculated or have woven their own stories to go with his images. More than ever, the illustrations send off their eerie call for text and continue to compel and pick at the reader's brain for a backstory--a threaded tale behind the image. In this book, we've collected some of the best storytellers to spin them.

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